Week 48: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so…
Amy Siskind

We live in such authoritarian times that people are constantly making fun of the President and nothing happens. In case you failed to grasp it. The President tweeting isn’t a consequence or a concern(outside of the fact that many of us feel that it is below the dignity of the office).

If there is an authoritarian tendency it seems to come from the other side of the aisle. You know the side that claims that any disagreement on policy makes you a Nazi or that allowing people the freedom to choose not to buy health insurance is going to cause millions of people to die. Those who disagree aren’t just possibly wrong, they are racist, sexist, bigots who are literally killing people.

The hyper partisanship and the hyperbole that is invoked in the so called political debate these days is a much bigger danger than Donald Trump. The man isn’t popular enough nor his he able to charm the public into expanding the power of the office he holds. Seriously when I agree with him on an issue and then hear him speak on it I almost change my mind. He is no Pied Piper. Where is the real danger?

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